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21 Dec 2014 description

By. T. Craig Murphy, IOM Kenya, with Ismael Ali, IOM Bosasso

The closest geographic point from Africa to the Arabian Peninsula is a strait connecting the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea known as “Bab-el-Mandeb”, which in Arabic means “The Gateway of Anguish.” Legend says that the name derives from the dangerous maritime navigation and the many lives claimed by the sea. At this point, it is only 30 kilometres from Djibouti to Yemen. Historically and contemporarily, this is the location from where large numbers of migrants move out of Africa for a variety of reasons.

19 Dec 2014 description
report New York Times


MILAH, Yemen — A doctor in a bare, rural clinic here decided to extend his working week to five days from two, to cope with the rush of hollow-eyed children who kept showing up in the mornings.

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19 Dec 2014 description

MSF’s newly formed Yemen Emergency Pool (YEP) has conducted a visit to Al Bayda governorate, to provide medical consultations as well as non-food items to IDPs fleeing the recent conflict which has been affecting the area for months.

19 Dec 2014 description


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has experienced unprecedented change since the start of the Arab Spring in 2010. The region is now encountering a series of conflicts and crises with humanitarian challenges which require immediate support. The war in Syria has killed over 191,000 people, with many more injured, 3.2 million displaced to neighbouring countries and an additional 10.8 million in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 18 December 2014 in Report
Bassam Al-Khameri (author)

It has been four years since clashes between the military and Houthis in Sa’ada governorate came to an end. Residents of Sa’ada displaced by the fighting are yet to return home, however, as they continue to wait for properties damaged in the conflict to be reconstructed.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Published on 18 December 2014 in News Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshiki (author)

SANA'A, Dec. 18—Yemen’s Parliament unanimously granted a vote of confidence on Thursday afternoon to the new Cabinet formed by Khalid Bahah that was formed on Nov. 9.

Ali Al-Ansi, an Islah party member of Parliament (MP), said that the vote was necessary because of the extreme instability in Yemen. “We had no solution other than to grant a vote of confidence in order to help stabilize the country.”

19 Dec 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50 GMT

  • Houthis appear to be imposing own views of women's role

  • Reports abound of harassment of women

  • Houthis deny curtailing liberties

  • Rights researcher says stories of harassment worrying

By Yara Bayoumy

SANAA, Dec 18 (Reuters) - When Yemeni Arwa Othman took a dance at the headquarters of a political party in Sanaa, she exposed the kind of deep hostility that is worrying women's rights campaigners now that Houthi rebels control the capital.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Key focus:
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) 25 years on


  • 150,000 school bags have been distributed in conflict affected districts of Amran as part of the national Back to School campaign

  • 30,964 marginalized, disadvantaged and most vulnerable children have received birth certificates since September in Taiz Governorate.

18 Dec 2014 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 16:55 GMT

Twin car bomb attacks in Yemen's western port city of Hodeida targeting Shiite militiamen left dozens of people dead and wounded on Thursday, a security official said.

"The two explosions were the result of two car bombs and left dozens dead and wounded," the official told AFP, without providing any precise figures.

The first bomb detonated at the Hodeida headquarters of the Shiite militia known as Ansarullah which seized the town at the end of September, said the official.

18 Dec 2014 description


  • In December, WFP is targeting 1.86 million beneficiaries: 1,815,800 under protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) 200636 and 44,600 under PRRO 200305.

Situation Update

  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab region and is the 8th most food-insecure country in the world.

According to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, 14.7 million people, more than half of the Yemeni population, require humanitarian assistance in 2014. These needs remain largely unchanged from 2013.

18 Dec 2014 description


18 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

17 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-mon has strongly condemned the bomb attacks in Radaa in Yemen’s Al Bayda province yesterday, which killed more than 25 people, including at least 15 schoolchildren.

According to media reports, a school bus carrying the 15 school girls was hit by a car bomb as it passed a checkpoint in the Yemeni province of Al Bayda, south of the country’s capital of Sana’a.

17 Dec 2014 description

By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.

17 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.

There can be no justification for such unspeakable savagery against children as they go about the simple act of going to school, or against teachers as they work to educate them. Each life taken in Peshawar and Al Bayda today is a future lost forever.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Yemen Times

Since October, Rada’a city has been engulfed in a spiral of violence between Houthis, members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and allied tribesmen. The ongoing fighting has effected a number of neighboring towns and villages, leaving thousands displaced.

In early December, the Yemen Times visited Rada’a city and its surrounding areas in an attempt to get a better grasp of the situation—including the living conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who were forced to flee their homes as a result of the fighting.

16 Dec 2014 description

Sanaa, Yemen | AFP | Tuesday 12/16/2014 - 16:19 GMT

A suicide car bomb attack in central Yemen targeting a Shiite militia leader killed 25 people including 15 children on Tuesday, security and medical sources said.

The children were killed when their school bus was caught up in the attack targeting the home of a leader of the Shiite militia, known as Huthis, in the town of Rada, a local security source told AFP, blaming the attack on Al-Qaeda militants.

A medical source confirmed 25 people had died in the attack.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

15 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

The Yemeni authorities must investigate the killing of a political activist shot dead by security forces during a peaceful protest in the southern city of Aden today, Amnesty International said.

Khaled Al-Junaidi, a leading activist in Yemen’s separatist Southern Movement, was leading a strike in the district of Crater when he was ordered out of his car by five masked security officers and shot in the chest.

15 Dec 2014 description
report Guardian

International Medical Corps’ Jon Cunliffe talks about the challenges of keeping his staff safe in a ‘forgotten country’ and leaving his family at home